…… is days away.
You can actually check out the countdown on the UCF Homecoming website.
If that doesn’t prepare you for the excitement that surrounds Homecoming week, what will? FYI, I am not referring to the kind of Homecoming where our kids announce they are coming home for the weekend, although that can be equally as thrilling. From the beginning of the week’s activities on October 9th to the big football game; this year we are playing the E. Carolina Pirates on Saturday, October 14th, then the Kid’s Carnival on the final day which is Sunday, October 15th; there is plenty to do and the excitement is contagious. There is a condensed list at the bottom of this blog, because the week is truly jam-packed with fun.
University of Central Florida’s Homecoming has been a tradition since its earliest years, but it has grown in size and enthusiasm over the years. At the beginning stages, UCF actually had two Homecomings – one to coincide with the Basketball season and the other the Football season. Today there is only one in the fall semester. The week’s activities are fun-filled and rich in pride and spirit. This year’s Comedy Show at the CFE Arena on Monday, November 5th at 8 pm kicks off the week with stars, Joe McHale and Jaboukie Young-White. Student tickets are free and alumni can get a discount code on the UCF Alumni page. Other tickets are $25 each. Royal voting for the Homecoming Court begins that day and closes October 12th at noon, but the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen won’t come until the big football game. Applications for Homecoming Court are still open through 5 pm on September 7th.
Throughout the week there are Coin Wars (Thursday, 11-4), Talent Shows (Auditions are Sunday, September 24th at 11 am, but the actual show is Wednesday at 8 pm), Movie Night (Tuesday, 8pm) and the big concert, October 12th at 8 pm where Martin Garrix will be performing. (Alumni can get discount tickets through a code on the UCF Alumni Facebook page.) Perhaps, the most exciting part of the week takes place on Friday at noon when about 10,000 students come together for the Spirit Splash at the Reflection Pond in front of the library. Ducks will be thrown, t-shirts distributed and music will blast. It is one of the biggest Homecoming traditions in the country. On Friday night there is an amazing firework display at Memory Mall. The sky will light up at 9 pm, but the festivities begin at 7:00 (and include vendors with food).
While just about any Knight Football game is exciting, the Homecoming game is extra sensational. This is the game that many alumni come to so the spirit is extra high. If you plan to go, you may want to get there a few days before to indulge in some of the fun; you are practically guaranteed a good time. Book your hotel near campus early. Buy tickets early for the Homecoming game and try to sit on the shady side of the stadium just in case it is a day game. Remember too that traffic and parking will be a basic nightmare, so the closer to campus you stay the better – or plan to indulge in many Ubers, which will undoubtedly include exorbitant surcharges.
Audition submissions for Knights Got Talent are due by September 30, 2018. If selected, face-to-face auditions will be held Oct. 7.
- UCF Student Free ticket distribution. You just need your student ID:
- 10/22- 11-3 Student Union Patio
- 10/23- 11-3 Student Union Patio
- 10/24- 11-3 Student Union patio
- 10/25- 11-3 Memory Mall
- 10/26- 11-3 UCF RWC
- 10/29- 11-3 Student Union Patio
- 10/30- 6-9 UCF RWC
- 10/31- 9-9 Student Union Patio
- 11/3- 12-3 UCF RWC
Here is a condensed version of what not to miss:
- Comedy Knight- Monday, November 5 at 8 pm @ CFE Arena
- Movie Night and Basketball game- Tuesday, November 6 @ 6 pm, viewing the Incredibles 2
- Knights Got Talent- Wednesday, November 7 at 8 pm
- Concert Knight- Thursday November 8 at 8 pm at CFE Arena, performance by ASAP Ferg featuring Ella Mai
- Spirit Splash- Friday, November 9 at 11 am
- Fireworks Festival- Friday, November 9 at 6 pm